Link Party #71 and Mes Préférés!


Happy almost weekend.  As you are reading this, I will be on my way to Spokane, Washington for a very fun CeCe Caldwell get together!  There is a wonderful workshop/fundraiser planned for Saturday at Orphaned Decor, can’t wait to learn some new things.

I am so sorry if I have not returned emails, (like any).  It has been a very tough few days.  Thank you to all who emailed and sent sweet messages regarding my Stepfather, “Todd”.  He is doing quite well, the surgery was very serious, and the fact that he is alive today is nothing short of a miracle.  We are all extremely grateful.  Until last night, I wasn’t sure whether I was heading to Utah or Washington.  Thank goodness all is well, and life is returning somewhat to normal.

In addition to the trial we just endured, I also had to get my space ready at Paris Flea Market!  I have a HUGE new space. It is in the center of the warehouse part of our building.  It is “open” so I had to get creative with ways to hang and display my things.  I used some of the old doors I had on hand, and made them look even older.  Here is a sampling of what’s for sale if you live local and are planning on attending.  We also have some new consignors, and there was much moving around.  The whole place is looking so fun and new!!



Sometimes being insanely busy can be a good thing.  I needed a lot of distraction these past few days, when life changes so fast, and you don’t know if your loved ones will be with you or not, it is really challenging to think about anything but the problem at hand.  I have HUGE thanks to Emma too who worked with me all day Tuesday and kept me laughing, and my mind occupied.  Emma is amazing, she is not only my “helper” but lately the keeper of my sanity too!

Now, enough troubles and updates, let’s talk about you!!

I love me a fun sign, and sometime the simplest signs are the best.  This sign from Linda at It All Started With Paint is just so fabulous in it’s silly simplicity.  I want to make one for every door in my home.

This is one gorgeous project.  The Decorating Diaries shared this French Wash Tub and used it for an outdoor planter, then showed it off again holding fun odds and ends.  It was blah to begin with, but not when she was finished with it!

This is a gorgeous Redoux.  The piece itself had great “bones”, but it was not in good condition.  Uniquely Chic did a stunning Redoux on this, and it is magazine perfect now!

I LOVE benches, I have a thing for them, I would have them all over my house if I could.  I love even more, benches made from things that were not supposed to be benches.  This adorable bench was made from a headboard, footboard, the railings, and scrap wood.  The paint is so cute, it is what makes this piece.  This is from the creative gals at Mak and Jill

Does anyone here love Ice Cream as much as I do?  I think not.  This sign belongs on my refrigerator.  Wait, no, but I want to make one just like this!  The clever gal at The Concrete Cottage made the stencil using her Silhouette Cameo.  I really am going to buy one now!

Thank you to everyone who linked up!  I am sorry if I didn’t leave a comment, I really try to get to each link, and I am LOVE that you keep sharing your talent with me each week.

Now for “Le Rules”

#1 Please be considerate and take a “Fridays at Redoux” button from my BUTTONS page to display on your post that you are linking up here. If you are just joining for the first time, you can go back and add edit an already published post and add link buttons. Merci!

If you were featured this week, feel free to grab my “Celebre” Button from this page!

After you have linked up, please go visit my fantastic Friday Link Party friends. They all have wonderful projects linked up that you may not see here, so be sure to hop on over.

Stuff and Nonsense


  1. Pamela

    I love your booth and everything in it!

  2. Suzan

    Thanks so much for hosting another great party!
    Will be back later to browse – Faits un Bon Weekend!

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Glad to hear that things are going well with Todd! Hope everyday is better than the one before. … And your space looks awesome, as always! Yes I heart before and afters!

  4. Jill Flory

    So glad your stepfather is doing well! And I’m so glad you featured ‘It all started with Paint’s’ exit sign! I loved it the minute I saw it on her blog and it definitely deserved a feature! I really should start my own link party so I can have fun picking features!!!

  5. Debra@CommonGround

    Have a fun weekend, Karen, just linked up! thanks for having us!

  6. Linda @ it all started with paint

    You are so very sweet to feature my Exit signs my blog friend! And I’m so happy to hear that your stepfather has taken a turn for the better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family …

    And your shop looks amazing. And I’m right there with you that being busy can be a much-needed distraction when the things you can’t control in life get out of control.

    Thanks again!



  7. Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

    Thanks so much for featuring my ice cream sign! Maybe, since you want it for your fridge (LOL) we can do a trade… my sign for that beautiful bird cage you’ve got in the pic! 🙂 So pretty!!
    Thanks so much for hosting, everything looks just beautiful!

  8. Kathy M

    Thank you so much for hosting, and have fun this weekend. I am loving that beautiful birdcage!!!

  9. Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue

    So glad that the news is promising. Still sending positive thoughts. Try to relax this weekend!

  10. melissa @

    So glad that your stepfather is doing well! Enjoy your time in Washington! Life to the full, Melissa

  11. Deb Siemens

    Hey, Karen, I will be at the CeCe workshop tomorrow, too!
    Hope to meet you there!

  12. Kathryn Griffin

    Thanks for hosting! Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Patty

    Karen, so glad to hear that your step daddy came out of the surgery okay. I know how stressful it is. Recovery isn’t much fun either. If he’s the type of guy who likes to keep busy, he’s gonna have a lot of trouble staying put ! You gotta work on him ! good thoughts continue for you all.

  14. Patty Henning

    Visiting and sharing from linky land – love your blog, thanks for inspiring so many!

  15. Janel@nelliebellie

    I almost missed the party!! Thanks for waiting for me! Have a great week!

  16. Karen

    I’m so happy that things are going well with your stepfather. I wish him a speedy recovery. Your booth is really great, sure wish I lived near by . Those are great features too, thanks so much for stopping by.

  17. Heidi @ Decor & More

    So glad he is improving and things can settle a bit… hang in there!
    xo Heidi

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